Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Long Beach Radio's Valentine to Tofino

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, Geoff, over at Long Beach Radio, put together this video explaining why he loves Tofino.

Why do you love it? (Assuming you do or did?) Let Geoff know via Facebook or Twitter. Just look for longbeachradio.

Tofino Hearts Yoga

For the size of the town, I suspect that Tofino has a higher than average number of yogis per capita. There are over a dozen (likely many more) yoga teachers and classes at our lovely studio and other venues are always fairly popular. (Still intimate though, especially if you are used to large classes in the city. "Large" here is about 20.) There are workshops and teacher's training, many of which are offered by Natalie at Pacific Elements Yoga. (Saying Natalie is passionate about yoga and weaving it into all aspects of her (and our) lives, is an understatement. Get to one or ten of her classes if you can.) But Natalie is not the only one bringing Tofino to the west coast. You can meet many other teachers — April, Nicole, Robert, Mariah, Tracey, and more — at the Coastal Bliss studio, while Dede is doing a fabulous job bringing yoga to moms and babes, tots, kids, youth, seniors and more (check the recreation departments from Tofino and Ucluelet), and Eoin often offers classes and courses when he's here, and then there are Flickerine and friends down in Ucluelet, and Milagro Retreats, and, well, more. Lots of teachers, lots of classes, lots of options. No excuse not to try.

Every month it seems, there is a workshop, special guest teacher, or new class to try. Not bad for a town of about 1500 people. In a couple of weeks — Feb. 17 to 19th — there is a homegrown yoga festival. No need to go to the city to get your fix. Here are the details. If you're new to town, or new to yoga, it's a great chance to see the variety of teachers and classes we are lucky to have on the west coast.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Virtual Tour of the Kwisitis Interpretive Centre

Here's a virtual tour of the Kwisitis Interpretive Centre (formerly the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre) in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. I worked with Donald Gunn Design on the redesign, doing research and writing for the project. In the video, you'll see Donald leading the tour.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Family Legacy of Tofino Surf

Here's a great video with Raph and Catherine Bruhwiler and Catherine's son, Kalum, talking about growing up surfing in Tofino. From Got Surf.

Seeking for a new port - TOFINO from GotSurf.ca on Vimeo.

Float House Living in Clayoquot Sound

Here's an article by Phillip Vannini from The Tyee profiling some of those living off the grid and on the water in Clayoquot Sound.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Great Tsunami of Hype

I've been holding my tongue on this one, but since the chatter has settled down, I'll have at it. I am not saying that the debris from the devastating tsunami in Japan last March is not coming our way, but it's not here yet. (At least the bulk of it. There are a few exceptions — large fishing floats washing up in Oregon were confirmed to be from the tsunami. More on that below.) A few bottles with Japanese/Korean/Chinese writing on them is nothing new and I'm a bit distressed that people don't realize that. This stuff is always on our beaches (and yes, toothbrushes and kiddie socks, too!) so the cause-and-effect — there was a tsunami here so, ergo, all of that Asian garbage on our beaches is from that tsunami — is not lining up.

Ocean currents do not make a beeline across the Pacific. There are large currents - most quite slow moving - that circulate ocean around the Pacific and the world. This link shows the moving of the debris and modelling that predicts when we might expect the bulk of the debris. Of course it is going to depend on the "floatability" of the debris, but there's not much here yet. What there is though, is a lot of ships out in the Pacific, tossing their crap over the side.

Please don't get me wrong. I am not saying this is not an important issue, but it's too soon to equate the tsunami with the debris. Snarkiness aside, I am glad the media ran with the story (well, sort of, because so few of them did any good research) because we do need to start planning. I just hope it's not to early because when the bulk of the debris does begin to arrive, we need to have a plan. And it needs to be coordinated across jurisdictions. I just hope we haven't lost interest by then.

This article, by Tofino's Keven Drews, presented a balanced point of view. Thanks, Keven, for doing a bit of legwork to get a well-researched story that didn't ramp up the hype. And you can listen to a podcast from CBC's The Current, taped on the beach in Tofino, which does a pretty good job as well. Here it is.

I'm glad that the province will be setting us a tsunami debris working group - let's hope it gets done soon. In the meantime, do keep an eye on what's on the beaches and, as always, pick up the crap.

There is a good link here, written by Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who has been studying the activity of debris in the North Pacific for decades. Note that he says that debris could arrive by October, 2011, but qualifies that by saying it is large debris (really large) that would mostly be above water, thus being sailed by winds quite a bit faster than just travelling in an ocean current.

A local surf shop, Live to Surf, has been asking people to submit things they find on the beach. Here is their link.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On The Horizon

I've been working on this baby for years now, so I'm delighted (and relieved) to be able to tell you that Long Beach Wild [insert long subtitle here] will be released in April. We'll actually have a pre-release event here on the west coast as I'll be doing a presentation at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. More launches, parties and general brouhaha to follow.

Since have lots more to share than I could squeeze in the pages of this book, I've started yet another blog where I'll post specific to Long Beach. (I'm hoping others will share photos, stories, memories, too.)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Multi-Talented Mr. Booth

I'm not sure why I haven't posted this before. It always makes me laugh.

Squatterman is, of course, the multi-talented Duncan Booth. And thanks to Tofino Guide and Twitter (which I really need to get on more often) I learned that Duncan is starting a new podcast, The Booth.

The Booth - Episode 1

I started my Saturday by listening and you should too. (You get super bonus points for playing Tom Waits, Duncan!) Duncan is exactly the sort of person that makes it great to live in Tofino. This town is full of interesting, talented, creative people who just get things done. (And Duncan makes great food at The Wildside Grill, which is always appreciated.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

This is a Test: Tofino's Tsunami Sirens

Tomorrow, Jan. 5, the District of Tofino is testing its tsunami sirens at Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay between 10 am and 1 pm. You can help the district assess their efficacy by taking this survey after the event.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Celebrating St. Columba in Song

Wow. A song and video created about Tofino's St. Columba Church. (Thanks to Malcolm Johnson for the head's up to this beauty via Twitter.)

St. Columba from Mike Edel on Vimeo.

This is an especially nice discovery because I am currently working with the ACW (Anglican Church Women) from St. Columba, writing a history of the church celebrating its centenary in 2013. We're planning a few get togethers so people can reminisce as Bev does in this video. If you'd like to share your stories (and photos), please leave a comment here or email me. (I'm also in the phonebook.)